June 2, 2017 · 8:00pm

8:00 pm, Front Stage
$5 Cover
21+
Lineup:
Appalachian Gypsy Tribe – Psychedelic, Funk, Folk, Reggae, Rock
Anyd Mowatt’s Steely Jam – Rock Hard Funk
Lespecial – Aggressive death-funk

Lespecial

 

Born in the woods of Connecticut and raised in the wilds of Boston, lespecial has established themselves as innovators and tastemakers on their own unique trajectory. The aggressive death-funk dance trio explodes with energetic live sets, tapping into a primitive past distorted through the lens of contemporary technology. Their debut full length album “Omnisquid”, out November 20th 2015, captures the band (at their heaviest,) interweaving dark, heavy, polyrhythmic grooves with head bobbing electronic synths and samplers augmented with fierce, precise musicianship, creating an apocalyptic backdrop for the sci-fi storyline. Preceded by their Ceremony EP (2013) and Playonbrother Sessions (2011), Jonathan Grusauskas (guitar/synth/sampler/vocals), Luke Bemand (bass/synth) and Rory Dolan (drums/sampler) ignore convention, instead amalgamating the familiar styles of Afro-Latin rhythmic traditions, Hip Hop, Funk and Metal into a singular sound that dexterously transforms during their live sets and over the course of their studio albums. As Ben Weiss of Relix Magazine puts it, “Amidst the rest of the noise, lespecial is the squeaky wheel that demands attention.”

Website:http://www.lespecial.net/

Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam

“Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam” is a funk-driven powerhouse from Pennsylvania, led by guitarist Andy Mowatt, “an absolute musical genius” (Joe Devoy, Tellus 360) and “jazz-rock flamethrower on guitar” (Sam Campbell, Gigspots). A fusion of New Orleans and Central PA, “Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam” band will “inspire you to expand your mind and think outside the confines of traditional jazz, soul and funk!” (Corey Robert, Positive Music Reviews). “Confident, to-the-point, and elegant” (Gus Rocha, The Flinging Times), Andy and his group entertain and impress crowds with unique originals and modern twists on classic hits, “and yet, through many influences, each tune retains a sound that is distinctly Mowatt’s” (Kim O’Brien, Fly Magazine). 

 

Appalachian Gypsy Tribe

The Appalachian Gypsy Tribe sound transcends the spectrum of music from one end to the next. Their creative songwriting touches down on multiple genres before soaring off again on a psychedelic sound craft. The musicianship has been building for years, and now it has come together as Appalachian Gypsy Tribe.

The band began playing together in July of 2012. Since then, AGT has exploded into Pennsylvania venues and festivals; gaining momentum and expanding their family base with a wide range of music styling and infectious songwriting. With each song, AGT brings a fresh and new atmosphere to the table. Their compositions are carefully layered with thick harmonies, intricate musical movements, deep rooted stories, and uplifting lyrics. Improvisation moves one song into the next, leaving a surprise around every corner.

There is a strong sense of “family” in the group which helps drive their art and inspire one another. AGT has made many transformations since the beginning, always growing and moving forward with their music. The band is fronted by vocalist Emily Newman. Her powerful voice gives life to the lyrics and propels the music for the band. Guitarists Asa Wilson and Travis Mason steer the jams with their innovative lead/rhythm guitar work. Andrew Bodogh lays down the atmosphere with psychedelic synth swells and catchy keyboard lines & bass player Josh Tacker digs deep to release his grooves while the beats flow effortlessly from drummer TJ Zellers and percussionist Jose Teran.

With a little over four years under their belt, Appalachian Gypsy Tribe has found themselves on many festival bills (Bear’s Picnic, Some Kind of Jam, Boogie in the Bungalow, PA Sound Summit, Peace of Mind, Celebration of Life, Zucchini Moon, Carpe Noctem, Jam Along the Creek, Woodstock Reunion) as well as on the stage of numerous popular night clubs and venues (The Sherman Theater, River Street Jazz Cafe, The Abbey Bar, ArtsQuest Center, Chameleon Club, Tellus 360, North Star Bar, The Legendary Dobbs, The Holy Hound, The Funhouse, Pearly Bakers, Pickering Creek Inn, The WInner’s Circle, and The Depot). AGT has sharred the stage with acts including Golden Gate Wingmen, The Heavy Pets, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Schwag, Ryan Montbleau Band, Consider the Source, The Mantras, The Breakfast, Splintered Sunlight, The Underwater Sounds, Flux Capacitor, Dr. Slothclaw, Still Hand String Band, Out of the Beardspace, Swift Technique, Nik Greeley & The Operators, and Mysterytrain… as well as bringing in the 2015 New Year with Melvin Seals and JGB & The New Riders of the Purple Sage!

With the release of Appalachian Gypsy Tribe’s second studio album, “Gypsy Wind,” and the successful accompaniment production of the GYPSY WIND FESTIVAL, the members of the band are full of energy and excitement, which manifests in their sound. AGT is ready to follow wherever the music may lead.

 

The band began playing together in July of 2012. Since then, AGT has exploded into Pennsylvania venues and festivals; gaining momentum and expanding their family base with a wide range of music styling and infectious songwriting. With each song, AGT brings a fresh and new atmosphere to the table. Their compositions are carefully layered with thick harmonies, intricate musical movements, deep rooted stories, and uplifting lyrics. Improvisation moves one song into the next, leaving a surprise around every corner.

There is a strong sense of “family” in the group which helps drive their art and inspire one another. AGT has made many transformations since the beginning, always growing and moving forward with their music. The band is fronted by vocalist Emily Newman. Her powerful voice gives life to the lyrics and propels the music for the band. Guitarists Asa Wilson and Travis Mason steer the jams with their innovative lead/rhythm guitar work. Andrew Bodogh lays down the atmosphere with psychedelic synth swells and catchy keyboard lines & bass player Josh Tacker digs deep to release his grooves while the beats flow effortlessly from drummer TJ Zellers and percussionist Jose Teran.

With a little over four years under their belt, Appalachian Gypsy Tribe has found themselves on many festival bills (Bear’s Picnic, Some Kind of Jam, Boogie in the Bungalow, PA Sound Summit, Peace of Mind, Celebration of Life, Zucchini Moon, Carpe Noctem, Jam Along the Creek, Woodstock Reunion) as well as on the stage of numerous popular night clubs and venues (The Sherman Theater, River Street Jazz Cafe, The Abbey Bar, ArtsQuest Center, Chameleon Club, Tellus 360, North Star Bar, The Legendary Dobbs, The Holy Hound, The Funhouse, Pearly Bakers, Pickering Creek Inn, The WInner’s Circle, and The Depot). AGT has sharred the stage with acts including Golden Gate Wingmen, The Heavy Pets, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Schwag, Ryan Montbleau Band, Consider the Source, The Mantras, The Breakfast, Splintered Sunlight, The Underwater Sounds, Flux Capacitor, Dr. Slothclaw, Still Hand String Band, Out of the Beardspace, Swift Technique, Nik Greeley & The Operators, and Mysterytrain… as well as bringing in the 2015 New Year with Melvin Seals and JGB & The New Riders of the Purple Sage!

With the release of Appalachian Gypsy Tribe’s second studio album, “Gypsy Wind,” and the successful accompaniment production of the GYPSY WIND FESTIVAL, the members of the band are full of energy and excitement, which manifests in their sound. AGT is ready to follow wherever the music may lead.